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Fin whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

Fin whale (Balaenoptera borealis): The fin whale reaches 17.1 m in males, 18.6 m in females and can weigh 25,000. It is similar to the fin whale, although larger, darker and slimmer, and with a single face. The head has similar proportions to that of the fin whale, showing 1/4 to 1/5 of its total length, but narrower when viewed from above and with a well defined crest. The general coloration is dark gray or brown (it can be close to black), sometimes similar to galvanized metal, except in the ventral area, which is whitish and of variable extension.

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Balaenoptera borealis, also known as Bryde’s whale, is a species of whale that inhabits warm temperate waters around the world. It is one of the smallest whales of the genus Balaenoptera, with a maximum length of about 15 metres and a weight of up to 21 tonnes. Its body is elongated and slender, with a V-shaped head and a long, slender dorsal fin.

Bryde’s whales are solitary animals or move in small groups, feeding mainly on fish and krill. They are known for their ability to filter large amounts of water to catch their prey. Despite being a widely distributed species, relatively little is known about their migration patterns and behaviour.

Commercial hunting of Bryde’s whales has decreased significantly since the global moratorium on whaling, but they are still considered vulnerable due to the threat of water pollution, collision with ships and accidental capture in fishing nets. Conservation of these whales includes reducing these threats and protecting their critical habitats.

Balaenoptera borealis is a fascinating whale species that plays an important role in marine ecosystems. Although measures have been taken to protect it, it still faces significant threats and its conservation remains an important priority to ensure its long-term survival.